Saturday, September 23, 2017

Okay, it's kind of sucky that I ache and feel draggy in the mornings and only by taking a Tylenol-3 do I come back around to feeling human. Well, that and two cups of coffee.

It just doesn't seem right that I should have to rely on external and/or artificial means (like medication) to feel "normal." 

When my Mom was alive, one of her physical therapists told me that pain is a most unnatural state. Pain should be treated as an official disease and just as you'd take medicine for other things and not weird out about it, so should you do what you got to do to get rid of the "pain disease."

For me, it's not ONLY pain that's an issue.  Ladies, you will understand this... you know that all-over feeling-like-crap feeling you got with your period? Yeah. That. I wake up with that or it sometimes drags me down throughout the day (and I haven't had a period in over 20 years). The Tylenol-3 helps make that go away, too. 

I must be doing something right because nowadays, I only need Tylenol-3 in the mornings. It used to be that my back was in so much agony all the time, I had to take the Tylenol-3 every several hours.

It's also a puzzler to me how coffee has a magical way of smoothing things out. I'm just glad that it does.

Do You Know What Only Baby Boomers Remember?


Baby Boomers know a lot of things and remember a lot of things, but some of these things are unknown to the generations that followed! In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of things that Baby Boomers know and understand. When you're done, feel free to put on a Beatles record.

Monday, September 18, 2017

89-year-old evicted from her home rescued from homelessness by her neighbors

89-year-old Angie Tyma from Houston, Florida was evicted from her home and was living in at a Days Inn hotel, pondering what her next decision would be.  The unexpected 3-week reprieve from the home she was renting was the result of the owner, whom she herself had sold the house to a few years ago, having stopped paying the mortgage.

Tyma had been a widower for 20 years and it had been that long since she had anyone helping to pay the monthly mortgage. That’s why she eventually sold the home and rented rather than owned the property. When foreclosure proceedings began, she didn’t know what to do, but she never expected that she would be evicted from her long-time home. That is, however, exactly what happened.

This was not just a place to live for Tyma. It was her home of 35 years. “They threw me out,” Tyma told Today in an interview. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Tyma never dreamed she would be evicted from her home, and at her advanced aged it was a surreal experience. “I went through hell and back,” she said.

READ THE ARTICLE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

Graham-Cassidy Bill, The Last-Ditch GOP Effort To Deprive Millions Of Healthcare


First, the bill ends current protections on discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions . This is critically important, as it affects 52% of adults under age 65.

Next, the current prohibition against lifetime limits on benefits would be lost. This would be particularly devastating to premature babies, those with disabilities, the rare disease community, and cancer patients.

Another “gotcha”, is that insurers would no longer have to provide “essential services.” These currently include: 

Emergency services
Hospitalization (like surgery and overnight stays)
Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care (both before and after birth
Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment (this includes counseling and psychotherapy)
Prescription drugs
Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices (services and devices to help people with injuries, disabilities, or chronic conditions gain or recover mental and physical skills)
Laboratory services
Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
Birth control coverage

Medicaid would be cut, particularly hurting poor children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Medicaid expansion will end. This has helped provide care to more low-income adults than were previously eligible; the subsidized care for moderate-income families will disappear entirely under this proposal.

The public should demand that their representatives tell them how this bill would impact them, and allow open debate and consideration, rather than railroading this destructive bill through.

You can find your representative’s number here or by calling the Capitol's switchboard at 202-224-3121. For future reference, or to complain about their vote, here's Senate contact info.

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE.

Gene Pitney - Who else loved this guy?


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Gimme a kiss! Or else!

The booking mugshot of 92-year-old Helen Staudinger is seen in this handout released March 23, 2011. The central Florida woman fired a semi-automatic pistol four times at her 53-year-old neighbor's house after he refused to kiss her, police said on Tuesday.
(REUTERS/Courtesy of Marion County Sheriffs Office/Handout)

Low Vitamin B12 Level in Elderly May Spur Dementia

Low vitamin B12 levels may be to blame for some cases of poor memory and cognitive decline in the elderly, a new study suggests.

The analysis of 121 people found that those with lower vitamin B12 levels scored worse on cognitive tests, and had smaller brain volumes as revealed by MRI scans. Shrinking brain volume has been linked to dementia in other studies.

"Every single marker of low vitamin B12 was correlated with low brain volume," said study researcher Christine Tangney, a clinical nutritionist at Rush University in Chicago.

"As folks get older, their guts change in their ability to absorb vitamin B12," Tangney told MyHealthNewsDaily. "For many people, the reason is that their stomach acid production is reduced." You need acid to break down the bonds between vitamin B12 and proteins, so older people may need more vitamin B12 as they age, and may be more likely to be deficient in the vitamin, she said.

In a normal brain, vitamin B12 allows cells to form new connections, a process that allows memory formation. B12 is also a vital component of myelin — the coating that protects many brain cells. These roles of B12 could explain why low levels of the vitamin lead to dementia or memory loss, the researchers said.

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE BY CLICKING THIS LINK.
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